neat Catholic stuff

A commentator named Fr. Andrew on Amy Welborn's website explains the distinctly Catholic concept of a parish.
...a parish is a geographical entity under canon law, so anyone living within the boundaries is technically a parishioner and their soul is the responsibility of the pastor and his parochial vicars. Though they may not be Catholic and so not be accorded certain rights (such as the Eucharist). The way modern language thinks of parishioners is a more protestant notion of individual decision and personal choice.
This is a great teaching and helps to explain exactly how the Church understands Herself - as universal, for every living soul.

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